Springfield College Professor of Social Work Miguel L. Arce has been recognized by Holyoke High School students in the Pa’lante’ Restorative Justice Group as a “Paper City Hidden Legend,” for his work as an activist, organizer, and leader who has helped pave the way for high school students leading the celebration of Holyoke’s diversity and rich history of social activism.
Led by the El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke placemaking project, the “Paper City Hidden Legends” are being recognized with their accomplishments being highlighted on street banners hanging along Main Street in Holyoke.
Active in Holyoke for over 35 years, Arce is a profound leader in community and organizational practice, who has continually supported and advocated for the Latino community. Arce has served as the founding executive director of Nueva Esperanza Inc., a highly regarded community-based program in Holyoke that celebrates and highlights the Puerto Rican/Afro Caribbean culture.
El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke celebrates the Puerto Rican Cultural Area of Holyoke. The project supports the creation of a vibrant Main Street with colorful banners, large-scale art works, dynamic lighting, beautiful murals, and art festivals. The goal of the project is to have a Main Street that reflects the vital culture of the surrounding neighborhoods, and have a Main Street that supports emerging businesses with safe and walkable streets.
El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke Placemaking project is possible through the generous support from community members in and outside of Holyoke who have donated through the “Commonwealth Places” Crowdfunding Campaign.
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